Hello, my friends.
The next several lessons are from our archives and are tied to the subject of productivity. Now I’m not a fan of productivity for productivity’s sake or being busy just to appear busy. Productivity is about getting results – and even more, it is about getting the right results…for YOU. Enjoy the series! AND…be sure to leave a comment, because at the end of the series, I’m going to choose one winner from the commenters who will receive my Top 10 Productivity Tips mini-course absolutely free (a $47 value).
Now let us begin with the foundational question: WHY?
Why is being productive so important?
Have you ever ended the day and felt tired (or worse, exhausted), but you’re really not quite sure why? As you think about it, you realize you can’t put your finger on anything meaningful that you got done.
That’s not a good feeling, is it?
We want to avoid that.
We want to avoid having days where you’re just so busy in little stuff that you don’t do anything of significance. (Inspire someone – click here to tweet.)
These 4 C’s will keep you from having that feeling at the end of the day and will replace it with a feeling of great satisfaction and accomplishment.
What are those 4 C’s?
The first one is Choice.
It begins with choice, my friends. You have to own responsibility for your own productivity. The choices you make, whether they are great choices, okay choices, or horrible choices…you have to begin with ownership of them. It is nobody’s fault but your own. So own it.
You have to own it and say, “These are the choices I am going to make today.”
Make those affirmations where you say, “I am going to accomplish these objectives, and if it’s going to be, it’s up to me.”
The second C is Certainty.
You have to have a clear understanding of where it is you are going and why. You need a documented plan. If you don’t have a documented plan, you’re just winging it – and winging it doesn’t cut it. It doesn’t create productivity. When you have a documented plan, it enables you to avoid lack of focus and distractions. It helps minimize interruptions, whether they are human or electronic.
The third C is Clarity.
This is about vision. How far can you see? Can you see the end? Do you see the “what” and the “why” of what you are
doing? Having clarity of your day or your week enables you to avoid the confusion that tends to get people spinningtheir wheels. That feeling of being overwhelmed is likely rooted in lack of clarity.
For example, if you are looking at email or checking your phone too frequently, this is the kiss of productivity death. However, if you have clarity of what it is you are doing, you are better able to put aside those sources of interruption and distraction.
The fourth C is Courage.
You know the saying, “If you want to make omelets, you have to break some eggs.”
You must have courage to avoid the obstacles, challenges, and impediments that are inevitably going to get in your way.
They get in my way. They get in just about everybody’s way from time to time. You must have courage to move from Plan A to Plan B quickly in order to avoid, go over, go under, or otherwise go through those obstacles. This kind of courage helps you stay in a productive and resourceful state without getting frustrated, distracted, or sidelined along the way.
If you find yourself getting stuck or becoming unproductive, I challenge you to revisit the 4 C’s. At least one of them is likely out of alignment, and realignment will get you back on track for a productive day.